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The Good Parenting Food Guide: Managing What Children Eat Without Making Food a Problem by Jane Ogden

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10

“My child won't eat a healthy diet”

Chapter 1 described how a child's diet should be high in fruit and vegetables, high in complex carbohydrates such as brown bread, brown pasta, and brown rice, and relatively low in fat and sugary foods. It should also be low in salt. Chapter 1 also described how many children's diets are not healthy and are often particularly high in fat and salt and contain far too little fruit and vegetables. So how do you get your child to eat a healthy diet?
What do we know: the role of diet
  • We are what we eat.
  • A healthy diet is important for growth and development in childhood.
  • What we eat as children impacts upon our health as adults.
  • A poor diet is linked to heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
  • Being overweight as a child can lead to anxiety, teasing, diabetes, asthma, and feeling tired.

Tips for Getting Them to Eat More Healthily

Children often announce food preferences out of the blue and say “I don't like peas,” “I don't like potatoes,” or “I don't like fruit.” Here are some basic strategies for making sure your children eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and a diet high in complex carbohydrates and relatively low in fat. I have also included some tips on how to limit the sugary foods they eat.

Fruit

Eating fruit is good for children, even between meals. It helps them grow, concentrate, and develop a healthy mind and body. Here are some simple ways to get them to eat more.

Buy fruit

Buy fruit and bring it into the house! Children like to ...

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